Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989: The Emergence of the World's Greatest City; Two Volumes in One: LOW CITY, HIGH CITY and TOKYO RISING (Tuttle Classics)

By Edward Seidensticker

"These volumes by means of Edward Seidensticker could be the envy of each college press…desirable studying for beginner historians and travelers alike."—Thomas Stanley, Director of stroll Japan Limited

There might be few towns on this planet that stay, pulsate, and breathe via their geography as Tokyo does, few towns with a background that shifts in the course of the creases of house as does that of Tokyo. this can be rather ironic in a urban whose neighborhoods this present day carry few designated positive factors and whose light topography has been all yet obscured by means of batteries of creating. however it used to be now not constantly so, and what larger approach is there of writing Tokyo's heritage than through reflecting this moving geography as neighborhoods prospered and declined whereas others, extra aspirational, climbed up the socio–spacial ladder? this is often accurately what Edward Seidensticker does within the pages of those books, introduced jointly right here jointly for the 1st time below one disguise with a variety of illustrations and an insert of superbly coloured jap woodblock prints of Tokyo from the period.

Tokyo: From Edo to Showa tells the tale and background of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an remoted Japan to at least one of the main well known glossy towns on this planet. With an analogous scholarship and magnificence that gained him admiration as one of many most advantageous translators of jap literature, Seidensticker bargains the reader his personal superb photo of an entire society all of sudden rising into the trendy international. via turns elegiac and humorous, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is a crucial cultural heritage of Asia's maximum urban.

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Piercing

By Ryu Murakami

A pulsating psycho-thriller from Ryu Murakami, writer of In the Miso Soup

A renaissance guy for the postmodern age, Ryu Murakami—a musician, filmmaker (Tokyo Decadence), television character, and award-winning author—has received a cult following within the West. His first novel, Almost obvious Blue, gained Japan’s such a lot coveted literary prize and offered over 1000000 copies, and his most modern psychosexual mystery, In the Miso Soup, gave readers an extra flavor of his highly agile mind's eye. In Piercing, Murakami, in his personal distinct kind, explores subject matters of kid abuse and what occurs to the unvoiced between us, weaving a nerve-racking, spare story of 2 those who locate one another after which are pressured into hurting one another deeply end result of the haunting specter in their personal abuse as children.

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The Box Man: A Novel

By Kobo Abe

Kobo Abe, the the world over acclaimed writer of Woman within the Dunes, combines wildly inventive fantasies and naturalistic prose to create narratives such as the paintings of Kafka and Beckett.

In this eerie and evocative masterpiece, the anonymous protagonist offers up his id and the trimmings of a regular lifestyles to dwell in a wide cardboard field he wears over his head. Wandering the streets of Tokyo and scribbling madly at the inside partitions of his field, he describes the area outdoor as he sees or even imagines it, a tenuous truth that turns out to incorporate a mysterious rifleman made up our minds to shoot him, a seductive younger nurse, and a physician who desires to turn into a field guy himself. The field Man is a surprise of sheer originality and a bizarrely attention-grabbing delusion concerning the very nature of identity.

Translated from the japanese through E. Dale Saunders.

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Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan

By Lieba Faier

This groundbreaking learn explores the hot dramatic alterations caused in Japan by way of the inflow of a non-Japanese inhabitants, Filipina brides. Lieba Faier investigates how Filipina girls who emigrated to rural Japan to paintings in hostess bars-where firstly they have been greatly disparaged as prostitutes and foreigners-came to be pointed out by way of the neighborhood citizens as “ideal, conventional jap brides.”Intimate Encounters, an ethnography of cultural encounters, unravels this paradox through studying the typical relational dynamics that force those interactions. Faier remaps Japan, the Philippines, and the USA into what she phrases a “zone of encounters,” exhibiting how the meanings of Filipino and eastern tradition and identification are remodeled and the way those adjustments are finished via usual interpersonal exchanges. Intimate Encounters presents an insightful new standpoint from which to re-evaluate nationwide subjectivities amid the expanding pressures of globalization, thereby broadening and deepening our realizing of the bigger problems with migration and disapora.

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Japan: A Short History (Short Histories)

By Mikiso Hane

What is a shogun? Who have been the samurai and what's the warrior code? What lies at the back of the japanese paintings ethic? From the traditional tea rite to the growth and next downturn of its financial prosperity, this uniquely concise advent to Japan and its historical past surveys approximately 10,000 years of society, tradition, economics and politics. Balancing monetary and political info with new insights into the dual spheres of paintings and faith, Mikiso Hane deals authoritative assurance of all points of jap existence. With a selected concentrate on the most important occasions of the final 2 hundred years, the writer additionally can pay unique realization to the altering stipulations of these whose background has been so often missed - the ladies, the peasants, and the bottom order of untouchables. Well-rounded and enlightening, this informative account of Japan and its humans can be significantly liked by means of historians, scholars and all people with an curiosity during this various and enigmatic country.

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Modern Japan: A Social and Political History (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies)

This completely revised and up to date 3rd variation of Modern Japan offers a concise and interesting creation to the social, cultural and political background of recent Japan. starting from the Tokugawa interval to the current day, Tipton hyperlinks daily lives with significant ancient advancements, charting the country’s evolution right into a modernized, monetary and political international power.

Drawing at the most modern study, the booklet gains new fabric at the worldwide monetary hindrance, the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and carrying on with political instability. whereas preserving research of women's matters, minorities and pop culture, this 3rd edition's improved assurance of Japan's position within the moment international battle, lifestyles within the empire and the heritage of technology, drugs and know-how contributes to a feeling of the complexity and variety of contemporary Japan.

Including an up-to-date chronology, word list and advisor to additional analyzing, in addition to new maps and illustrations to aid scholars to interact at once with the subject material, this hugely available and entire textbook is an important source for college kids, students and academics of eastern heritage, politics, tradition and society.

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Lust, Commerce, and Corruption: An Account of What I Have Seen and Heard, by an Edo Samurai (Translations from the Asian Classics)

By 1816, Japan had recovered from the famines of the 1780s and moved past the political reforms of the 1790s. regardless of chronic financial and social stresses, the rustic looked to be drawing close a brand new interval of progress. the concept that the shogunate wouldn't final perpetually used to be faraway from anyone's mind.

Yet, in that 12 months, an nameless samurai writer accomplished probably the most exact reviews of Edo society recognized at the present time. Writing as Buyo Inshi, "a retired gentleman of Edo," he expresses a profound melancholy with the country of the world and with people's habit and attitudes. He sees decay anywhere he turns and believes the area will quickly descend into war.

Buyo exhibits a familiarity with many corners of Edo existence that one will possibly not anticipate in a samurai. He describes the corruption of samurai officers; the pain of the terrible in villages and towns; the operation of brothels; the dealings of blind moneylenders; the marketing and purchasing of temple abbotships; and the doubtful concepts townspeople use within the legislations courts. maybe the frankness of his account, which includes a wealth of concrete information regarding Edo society, made him wish to stay anonymous.

This quantity incorporates a complete translation of Buyo's often-quoted yet not often studied paintings through a workforce of experts on Edo society. including large annotation of the interpretation, the quantity contains an creation that situates the textual content culturally and historically.

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